Pneumonia, urinary tract infections, blood stream diseases: These are all conditions that can drive people to a healthcare facility for treatment. Unfortunately, too many people in California and across the country will actually contract these infections from simply spending time in the facility for an unrelated condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 25 patients will experience a healthcare-associated disease, which includes a surgical site infection, leading to a worsened medical condition and additional treatment.
There are steps at the national, state and even individual level that can prevent this from happening. According to the Committed to Reduce Infection Deaths, patients can do the following to reduce the odds of contracting an illness while in the hospital: